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What is a great restaurant for a birthday dinner in Chicago?

Asked by pujamohindra (1points) August 28th, 2008

Looking to treat my sister and her boyfriend to a birthday dinner (they are born one day apart)....looking for a nice restaurant (say, about $50–75/per person).....I want to get a gift certficate for them to that restaurant…..prefer something italian, sushi, mexican, or other ethnic… steakhouses b/c she doesn’t eat steak. thanks!

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JackAdams's avatar

The Palmer House, unquestionably.

Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603

(312) 726–7500

My second choice would be any of the Windy City locations for “The Restaurant No One Can Pronounce,” Ruth’s Chris.

Those places are legendary for steaks, but they are known to serve awesome seafood dishes, which is why I mention them.

August 28, 2008, 7:40 PM EDT

tWrex's avatar

Both of JackAdams answers are fantastic choices. I’ve also enjoyed meals at:
The Berghoff
It is the defacto in Chicago dining. It’s not it’s heyday style, but it’s still the Berghoff and it’s still wonderful. It’s on Adams street down from the Metra.
Elephant & Castle Pub
It’s also down Adams street from the Metra.
For a different experience there’s Ed Debevic’s It’s definitely something you should be prepared for. They’re rude to you on purpose and make fun of you. It’s amusing and enjoyable. They keep it clean and don’t go overboard, so it’s good fun.
If you want high class and a staple in chi-town there’s always the 95th Floor at the Hancock building. Cheesecake factory is on the first floor of the Hancock so they can do dinner on the 95th and then dessert at Cheescake.

Hope these help. =)

JackAdams's avatar

@tWrex: Your answers are terrific, too! I concur!

There really is no such thing as a “bad” restaurant, in all of Chicago.

August 28, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT

pwyatt's avatar

capital grille. Had a great dinner there on my last visist to Chicago

simon's avatar

I really like the grand lux cafe, I think it’s owned by the same people that own cheesecake factory and less busy.

JackAdams's avatar

Does she like Greek food? I do!

August 28, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT

seVen's avatar

Try Polish food its great too, there are many poles living in Chi Town , the biggest polish population in US is in there.

JackAdams's avatar

Oh yes! The Kielbasa is awesome, there!

August 28, 2008, 9:01 PM EDT

andrew's avatar

Go to the Greek Islands or Santorini or Pegasus in Greek Town.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

The Chicago Chop House


Gene and Georgetti

BarbieM's avatar

Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse
33 West Kinzie Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312.828.0966

We go every time we go to Chicago. The steaks and pasta are both outstanding.

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